Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) is an inclusive programme that will transform the lives of a generation of children in South Sudan – especially girls and those in the margins of society– through education.

In 2018 there were 156,085 girls enrolled in Primary 1 (P1) but only 5,272 in Secondary 4 (S4). GESS is on a mission to change that. Here's how:



Behaviour Change Communication
Behaviour Change Communication

Creating an enabling social-cultural environment for supporting girls’ education through social and behaviour change communication through radio and community outreach.

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Cash Transfers
Cash Transfers

Direct payments made to girls regularly attending school to help them buy things they need, and contribute to poverty reduction in the family and the community.

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Capitation Grants
Capitation Grants

Providing reliable funding to schools to remove registration fees for students and parents, reduce the cost of education and encourage families to send their children to school.

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Quality Education
Quality Education

Offering practical support to schools, teachers and education managers to improve the quality of education, decrease drop-out and repetition rates.

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Knowledge, Evidence, Research & Learning
Knowledge, Evidence, Research & Learning

Studying and understand more about the issues that prevent girls from going to school, staying in school and learning while at school.

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Stories of Change

National Girls’ Education Day sheds light: More needs to be done for South Sudanese girls

Today is National Girls’ Education Day in South Sudan. This year’s theme - ‘Creating a safe and conducive learning environment for girls during COVID-19 and beyond’ – is a response to the alarming number of reported cases of early and unintended pregnancy and early marriage during the COVID-19-related school closures.…

School Management Committee Mobilises Funds for School Improvement

In South Sudan, teachers receive a very low monthly salary. A teacher in pay grade 14 receives a monthly salary of about 1,150 South Sudanese Pounds (SSP). This is less than 9 USD. As a result, many trained teachers have been leaving the teaching profession for better-paying jobs, forcing schools…

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